So since this is my first official post I figure it would be wise to unpack the term “health and hotness.” As readers of my newsletter (and readers of my About page) know, my main priority as a fitness professional is health and hotness. While I’m being a little tongue-in-cheek, the term does nicely sum up the main reasons my clients hire me in the first place.
So what do I mean when I say health? When I use the term “health,” I’m referring to the health variables that smart training and nutrition can influence. (“The Health variables that smart training and nutrition can influence and Hotness” doesn’t have quite the same ring.) Although there are many ways of defining health, I like Dan John’s definition that good health is ”measured by blood tests, longevity, and the lack of bad health.” I proudly train the “general population,” and it’s not uncommon for people to seek out my help after a doctor makes it clear to them that their long term well being would be served by getting more activity and losing a few pounds.
Now when I use the term health I’m also thinking of movement quality. While it may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word health, one of my primary concerns when working with a client is developing a level of movement proficiency that allows people to get groceries, play with their kids, defend themselves against a robot apocalypse, etc. In addition to making their day to day activities easier, I want to make certain that their fitness activities are executed with excellent technique and a reasonable total volume of work so that they aren’t adding unnecessary wear and tear to their musculoskeletal system.
When I say my other specialty is “hotness,” I”m referring to using training and nutrition strategies to improve aesthetics via fat loss and/or muscle gain. Now to be clear, I study all realms of fitness for anything that can help my clients, be it the work of collegiate strength coaches, physical therapists, powerlifters, or bodybuilders. But at the end of the day, my clientele isn’t looking to make it into the NFL, or squat 1000 pounds, or get to 4% body fat. Most of my clients want to be healthy and look hot. While we all have certain genetic limitations that we can’t change (height, bone structure, muscle insertion points, etc.), I’m happy to work with the client to move them closer towards THEIR ideal physique.
And while you can make an argument that training for aesthetics is vanity… I ain’t buying it. Certainly it can be. But I like to think of it as making art with your body. Fashion for your birthday suit if you will. And I don’t think there is any shame in making the world a more beautiful place by improving the beauty of the world’s bodies.
So now you know how I roll. Feel free to check out this blog regularly, subscribe to my newsletter, and email if you have any questions I can answer as you pursue a life of health and hotness. Happy New Year!